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What Can Bicyclists Do to Enhance their Visibility?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 11, 2013

New Jersey Bike Safety VisibilityBicyclist accident lawyers in Princeton believe that one of the best ways you can avoid being involved in a bicycle accident is to increase your visibility. Even if you are riding during the daytime, there are steps you can and should take to make sure motorists see you. If you are riding in the daytime in New Jersey, you must ride with traffic, travel no more than two abreast, and ride on the right side of the road.

You can also increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing and by making sure that your bike has reflectors on the back of the pedals and seat. It is a good idea to use hand signals when turning or changing lanes so that motorists not only see you, but also know where you are going.

When riding at night, you should wear bright, reflector-covered clothing. You should have a white lamp on the front of your bike and a red light on the back. Make sure that you choose roadways that have ample streetlights and that you never veer into traffic or assume that a vehicle at an intersection sees you. Defensive riding is vital to staying safe. Having a loud horn can help you indicate to drivers that you are near them before they change lanes, enter traffic, or turn into a driveway in front of you.

If your bicycle accident was caused by a negligent party, an experienced lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Injured victims are often eligible to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses and lost wages.

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